Cash awards for local projects

Enfield Connections programme manager Angela Greaves with 'Community Chest' recipients
Enfield Connections programme manager Angela Greaves (third from left) with ‘Community Chest’ recipients

Enfield Connections has donated £15,000 to four different projects, writes Andrew Gurr

Several promising projects aiming to improve the wellbeing of local residents have recently been funded through the Enfield Connections ‘Community Chest’ scheme.

The grants programme, offered by Enfield Connections in June, gave local charities and voluntary organisations the opportunity to apply for between £1,000 and £5,000 for new and existing projects, with a total funding pool of £15,000. The successful applicants were the Shane Project, One-to-One Enfield, Enfield Saheli and The Wellbeing Co.

The four organisations will now be able to deliver stronger work throughout the community. Enfield Connections programme manager Angela Greaves said “We received great interest in our Community Chest, and it gives me great pleasure to award funding to some truly special projects. I look forward to seeing how each project unfolds, as well as the difference they make for the wellbeing of Enfield residents.”

Shane Project founder Norma McFarlane, whose project will deliver nutrition workshops for people with multiple sclerosis and their families, said she was thrilled to receive the grant. “My aim is to focus on what we do and how we make improvements while staying true to our members,” she said.

One-to-One’s project will enable delivery of the ‘Let’s Be In The Know’ project, which will help people with learning difficulties discover how they can live happy and healthier lives through different activities. Chief executive Lesley Walls said her aim was to ensure people with learning

difficulties or autism are fully included in the Enfield Community. “We feel happy and excited at being awarded this grant from Enfield Connections,” she said.

The Wellbeing Co project co-ordinator and clinical lead Nichola Lauder said the funding for her organisation would be used to provide an integrated social prescribing service for Enfield residents.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding from Enfield Connections, and ecstatic about the opportunity to roll out a social prescribing service,”she said.

“Our aim for the future is simply to work together with the Enfield community and to breakdown the taboos, stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health and to continue to create and support healthier communities.”

The funding for Enfield Saheli will go towards its projects designed to help women who are isolated or depressed to overcome difficult periods in their lives and take positive steps towards improving their own wellbeing.